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On a More Personal Note

Its been an incredibly busy month, at least busier than I had expected it to be. I’m sorry that I sort of disappeared once the election results came in, but, no, I did not go and hide under a rock, nor did I move up to Canada.

I’ve actually been reassessing things lately. What is important?

Its a great question to ask. There is a lot going on. In regards to the blog, I am writing up my honeymoon post, as well as looking into kicking up the Mortal Sin series again. I am also prayerfully discerning what to put in for my conversion story, and what not to put in. I have publicly told my story before, but, I’m unsure what I should put out for “public viewing”. Since I am not a professional Catholic theologian/author/blogger, etc, I’m not sure how to put it out there.

I also started up a Facebook Page for this blog. You can find the link here. I did this more or less to help get more exposure to the blog, as well as to start a community for everyone to get together and discuss. Not to mention, if something is a “hot topic” it always provides good fodder for the blog.

So, in regards to the blog, I’m trying to get more posts up. I really am. I got sick over Thanksgiving break and was really hoping to get a couple of good solid posts up. I know its important to get good material up as well as posting regularly to keep traffic coming back.

On the side, I’ve started a Young Adult group through my parish and the neighboring parishes as well. It is strong with about 20 members. I am planning on giving a talk next month on how to “Learn, Live and Love the Faith”. I’m very excited about this, and of course, planning this talk is taking a bit of time. I’m wondering if it’d be a good idea to record the talk in case it turns out to be great. Or is that my ego going?

I have a side gig that I’m trying to grab motivation to work on, in between trying to get daily prayers, chores and everything else in, without losing my mind in the process. Some days I feel like I waste a lot of time and that time would have been “better spent doing something else”, but at the same time, my sanity is important.

Married life is going well. It is great! I really do enjoy it, even though it comes with its own unique challenges and obstacles that I wasn’t expecting. The changing dynamic of the relationship is still taking some adjustments, but I believe we are doing well.

So, that is a quick update on all that is going on in my life. I’m hoping that things “settle down” soon, but I’m beginning to believe that that won’t happen until I hit retirement. So, here’s to offering up the sufferings to my friends, family, and of course, you!

Jeff November 29, 2012 1 Comment Permalink

Predictions Already Coming True?

In my last two posts, I mentioned two things regarding the 2012 Election Results on what we can expect of ourselves, and what we might expect of the Church.

In short, what we can expect of ourselves is that we Catholics must Learn our Faith, we must Live our Faith, and we need to Love our Faith. I’m so excited about this that I would really like to give a talk on this. Perhaps I can podcast something? I am unfamiliar how podcasting works, so if any of you have suggestions, leave a comment. Needless to say, I notice that I am not the only one who has said this, in fact, here is an example:

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Not the exact words, but a similar message. I do believe the Holy Spirit is working on this throughout the Church. Watch for similar messages.

Secondly, I mentioned that public ex-communications may happen soon. I picked these two articles up from Father Z’s blog.

It appears that in the Diocese of Green Bay, WI, an atheist group is demanding the IRS review the Church’s Tax-Exempt status. This was reported as of November 10, not even a week after the election.

Also, across the Pond in the UK, it appears that legislation is being proposed to remove the Church’s charitable status if they deny anyone Communion or any Sacraments. I would expect similar legislation to start popping up over here as well.

To those groups that want to use the “Separation of Church and State” clause against the Church, I would like to reiterate what Thomas Jefferson said:

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between church and State.

As you can see, no where does he mention that the Church can’t have an opinion regarding the way a government governs. Also, this is not a law, but an opinion of a President, similarly to that of say an opinion of President Obama regarding, say, abortion:

I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. -President Barack Obama 2008

That is an opinion (and talk about an eye opener even back when he said it, is it really no surprise he’s the most pro-abortion President/politician EVER?) yet it is not a law that all babies are a punishment.

The First Amendment states that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. I’m really uncertain how the Church proclaiming the Gospel of Christ is a “clear violation of the separation of Church and State” when the First Amendment of the Constitution protects all of that.

This will pop up throughout the country. Pray that our Bishops and priests be strong enough to stand up for Truth and justice.

Jeff November 13, 2012 1 Comment Permalink

What Happens Next For the Church?

I have an interesting prediction for what the Church will begin to do next, now that President Obama, who is the “First Gay President”, has been re-elected.

President Obama looks FABULOUS!!!
with his accented rainbow halo.
As most of you know, or maybe you don’t, the HHS Mandate more or less is attacking Catholic run organizations and forcing them to pay for contraception through insurance, as well as a number of other items that go against core Catholic doctrine and teaching. The conscience clause is no longer allowed, something unheard of within the United States.
It seems to me that the coming persecution of the Catholic Church within the United States has officially begun to get worse. I’m afraid that what we are currently seeing is only the beginning of far worse things to come.
With this being said, I sincerely think that Pro-Abortion, Pro-Homosexual “Marriage”, Pro-Everything Contrary To Church Teaching “catholic” politicians, will begin to be ex-communicated. 
Father Z made this.
The reason I feel this is simple:
1. The Church hasn’t public ex-communicated anyone from the Church because currently in the United States, the Church is tax-exempt (as long as they stay out of party politics). I feel that we haven’t seen ex-communications because the Church in America is afraid to be seen “playing party politics” when these ex-communications come down (since most of the ex-communicants will be Democrats).
2. The Church, with the HHS Mandate and I’m certain a barrage of further anti-Catholic laws will be laid out, making it difficult for the Church to stay true to her teachings, while following the civic duty of the law of the land, without violating her conscience. 
(For those of you who think that the Church should violate her conscience because contraception, abortion and the like are “a-okay”, I have news for you. 1/3 of hospitals in this country are Catholic. You think the lines are terrible right now? Wait until 1/3 of the hospitals disappear overnight. Good job. Many other Catholic organizations that cover social-justice issues like feeding the poor will also be shut down, leaving the good old efficient government in charge of that. Fun.)
3. If the Church is going to continually be attacked, and possibly lose its tax-exempt status anyways…why not? Why not go out on a high note?
I honestly don’t know anything, this is all a prediction. I could be 100% wrong. It seems like a decent possibility though, based on what has happened, the fact that Catholic run organizations all across the country have been suing the Federal Government (thank you main stream media for covering this (including you Fox! (end sarcasm))) on a massive scale demonstrates the kick-back that Catholics are pushing.
Pope Benedict mentioned earlier this year that the Church may need to become smaller, in order to become better. Pruning the bad branches of the tree will do this, especially when these bad branches produce horrible fruit.

Jeff November 7, 2012 Leave A Comment Permalink

President Obama is Re-Elected

To all of you who voted for Governor Mitt Romney, you now know that President Obama has been re-elected.

This is quite a devastating blow to most, especially since we were expecting skewed polls and a Romney win, either slightly or not so slightly. Any hope of repealing Obamacare is now gone.

The good news though, is that not much has changed…the House still lays in Republican control, and the Senate still stays in Democratic control. How people think the country is not doing so well, yet absolutely NO change in power ANYWHERE, baffles me.

I think there is better news though. Jesus Christ is still king and ruler of Heaven. God in the Holy Trinity is still in control. The Holy Spirit has not left us, and we can still look to Our Father’s mercy and justice.

Not all is lost.

That being said, we each have been given a new job by President Obama’s re-election. We have also been given this job by Pope Benedict for the Year of Faith. This job is for us to get to learn our Catholic faith, and to really start living our Catholic identity.

To be a Catholic, you have to live out your faith. This is our universal call. We are also universally called to become a Saint, although, we all know that we are far from that path. But, many sinful men and women have heard the call, and answered it.

Learn about your faith, and when you are approached regarding your Catholic faith, defend it. This is your job, as well as mine.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I TRUST IN YOU!

Keep up the good fight! For religious liberty, for Truth and for an end to all societal evils that are now deemed “norms”. And most importantly, for Christ and His Church!

Jeff November 7, 2012 4 Comments Permalink

Election Day 2012

Go vote! It is your civic duty. Vote Pro-Life, vote Catholic, vote Freedom!

Jeff November 6, 2012 Leave A Comment Permalink